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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-95

Management of empyema thoracis in children: A preliminary report of three cases

Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

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E O Obidike
Dept of Paediatrics, UNTH, Enugu
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An indwelling intermittent drainage method of thoracocentesis in acute free flowing empyema thoracis is devised and used in treating the three cases reported here. In it, a size 16 bore cannula with fenestrations on the sides is inserted, into the intrapleural space of an affected side, at the 8th intercostal space (or the 6th intercostal space on the right) posterior or mid axillary line. Thereafter, the intrapleural space is drained, intermittently, using disposable gloves and syringes. These cases, all being children aged 2 weeks, 1 year and 1½ years responded very well to the treatment.

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